At 7pm Sat 6 March I am giving a talk for two organisations formative in my own journey towards nature: the Buxton Field Club and the Derbyshire Ornithological Society. It is entitled The Oldest Lake in Europe: The Birds and Wildlife of Lake Prespa. Prespa is one of the most special locations I have visited in the last decade. It is not just beautiful and atmospheric – encircled by mountains and straddling three separate Balkan countries (Albania, Greece and Northern Macedonia) – with some of the most entrancing light effects you could wish to see, but it is also amazing for wildlife. I hope you will come with me by getting a ticket via the DOS website here.
I have been beavering away on a new book, tentatively called One Midsummer’s Day and partly about swifts. I am just under half way there. It is a book on which I have now worked longer than any other and I am hugely excited by the project. More I cannot say!
Our other big news is that we are closing in on our transfer from Norfolk to Derbyshire, which has been in train since December 2019. There were obvious interrruptions in 2020 but a new life beckons in what we can only hope is as serene a twelve months as possible. Happy New Year everyone.